Maksim Levin, a photographer and videographer who was a regular contributor to the news agency Reuters, has been killed while covering the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The photojournalist had been missing for over two weeks. On April 1 the Ukrainian news site that he worked for, LB.ua, reported that police officers had found Levin’s body somewhere north of the capital, Kyiv. His last known location had been the village of Huta Mezhyhirska, the site of heavy shelling.
Levin’s camera captured the horrors of war from day one of the invasion, on February 24. His images showed destroyed buildings, annihilated cities, fleeing Ukrainians and those who chose to stay behind to defend their country.
“Maks has provided compelling photos and video from Ukraine to Reuters since 2013. His death is a huge loss to the world of journalism. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time,” said John Pullman, Reuters’ global managing editor for visuals.
Levin, who leaves behind a wife and four children, already had experience covering conflicts. According to The Guardian, during the war in Crimea in 2014, “he managed to escape encirclement in a town where hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers were killed.”
Eight professional journalists and a citizen reporter have been killed in Ukraine since the start of the invasion.